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Federal Judge Rules Against 520 Lawsuit

Derek Wang

The work to replace the 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington can continue. A federal judge Wednesday ruled against a legal challenge. The challenge was filed by Seattle homeowners who live near the bridge.


The homeowners oppose the project partly because it will be two lanes larger than the current bridge. They worry that that larger size will mean more traffic, increased pollution and lower property values. So they sued last year, seeking to delay the project.

The lawsuit pointed out that the state transportation department hasn't found all the money that it needs to build the entire project. The homeowners argued that if the state isn't able to find all of that money, the project's design may need to be changed. And they said the state did not adequately study the environmental impacts from a different design.

But US District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez disagreed. In his ruling he said the court is satisfied that agencies have taken a hard look at the environmental consequences from the proposed project.

Meanwhile, work connected to the project continues. It's expected to be open to drivers in 2014.

I'm Derek Wang, KUOW News.

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